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The Global Domination Challenge

Follow me as I aim to win the league in every nation
Started on 23 November 2013 by TVDLC123
Latest Reply on 7 January 2014 by k1rups
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Solid Pre-season for Victory

Melbourne Victory have done well in preparations for the start of the league, despite the seemingly lack of transfer business going on at the club. However, seeing as the latter is surely going to be fixed, Victory fans will be excited to see what their team can offer once the league has started, based on these performances.

3 Melbourne Victory- Mebourne Victory Youth 0

Goals- James Troisi 8
Kosta Barbarouses 70
Mitch Nicols 90

Their first game was a match behind closed doors against their own youth team, which was a good opening opportunity for new manager, Casimir Hunter, to get to know the squad he will be working with for the coming season, and try out some new tactics before the club’s tour of Australia. A win was earned as expected, with goals coming from wingers James Troisi, and Kosta Barbarouses, and a late third courtesy of centre mid, Mitch Nichols.
1 North Geelong Warriors- Melbourne Victory 3

Goals- Matthew Demo 88 Andrew Nabbout 20
James Troisi 24
Mark Milligan 90 +1

To begin the tour, Victory played the semi- professional side North Geelong Warriors, in a match which was expected to be a total whitewash for the side from the capital. This proved to be the case with goals from young striker Andrew Nabbout, talented winger James Troisi, and even one late on from defender Mark Milligan. The Warriors goal from Matthew Demo didn’t dampen the mood, as Victory left pleased with their day’s work.

0 Shepparton South- Melbourne Victory 1

Goals- Andrew Nabbout 13
A fairly drab friendly against another Australian lower league side took place at McEwen Reserve Stadium, with the only goal of the game coming through a swift counter attack, which eventually found its way to the feet of Nabbout who coolly tucked away one on one. Despite the low scoreline, Victory dominated all the stats, especially in the shooting department, where they had 28 shots, in comparison to the oppositions 7.

1 Fitzroy City- Melbourne Victory 1

Goals- Adam Gacesa 22 James Trosi 45

An encounter with a local side was a match to forget for the visitors, who despite playing better football, were unable to put away their chances, and came away with only a draw. Despite playing a second team, Victory were still expected to win, but a poor defensive showing made them go behind to a well-crafted goal from Fitzroy. They equalised through one of their star players, James Troisi, just before the break, and had several chances in the second half to win the game, but were unable to take them, and the match finished level.
0 Green Gully- Melbourne Victory 1

Goals- Kostas Barbarouses 19

The final friendly for Victory was against another local Melbourne side, namely Green Gully FC, who gave them a bit of a run for their money, providing a level match for the supporters to enjoy. However, after a fairly early goal from Kostas Barbarouses, they were not able to reply, and the match finished 1-0 to Victory, a result which will hopefully provide them with momentum going into the opening day of the season.

Manager Notes

A solid set of games which will give us confidence leading into the start of the season, especially against Melbourne Heart, our first opposition, and also, one of our most fierce rivals. The team seemed to adapt to the tactics I used well, with the 4-5-1 seeming to be the most effective, and the one I will most likely be using as my main tactic during the season.

Player of the Month

The player who I felt performed the best in the preseason was James Troisi, who managed to net himself 3 goals and several assists as a winger, and seemed to be the key link between our midfield and attack in all of our games, transitioning the play well.

In Other News…

PSG were the top spenders in the world, bringing in the likes of Ever Banega for roughly £25M and Koke for £12.75M, from Valencia and Atletico Madrid respectively.

Real Madrid were in a transition period, letting go off the likes of Sami Khedira and Fabio Coentrao, with the German heading to Manchester City for a fee of £20.5M, while the Portuguese player moved to Juventus for about £10.5M.

Chelsea beat Bayern Munich on penalties in the European Super Cup, with Ramires firing home the decisive penalty in front of a crowd of 20,000 in Prague.
Nice update and a decent pre-season. Do not understand why clubs in FM buy Banega for over £20mil. He's rubbish lol
A good pre-season mate! Koke it's definitely better then Banega!
2013-12-20 18:10#150360 k1rups : Nice update and a decent pre-season. Do not understand why clubs in FM buy Banega for over £20mil. He's rubbish lol

Thanks, and I totally agree! All the great centre-mids in the world, and they buy him. :)

2013-12-20 19:16#150369 AAN : A good pre-season mate! Koke it's definitely better then Banega!

Thanks, and yeah, Koke is much better value for money in my opinion.

Victory finally delve into transfer market

Melbourne Victory have given many fans a sigh of relief, by finally signalling their intent this summer, by making their first signing, in the shape of veteran midfielder, Matthew Thompson. The 31 year old native will sign a contract until 2015, where he will be earning 1.1K per week, a deal which makes him one of the lowest earning players at the club at the moment, which shows the sheer class level between Victory and some of the lower clubs in the league.

Thompson has spent all of his career in the Australian league system, working his way up to the some of the largest clubs in the nation. He started of his career at the non- league side Macarthur Rams, and was quickly scouted away from the team, after he impressed scouts. His next spell, at National Soccer League (the old top league) side Parramatta Power was one of his most successful, and he soon became a regular in their team by the age of 20.

He continued his stay in his home nation after the league system reconstruction, and found himself at Newcastle Jets, where he played during his prime years. Becoming a vital part of their team, he soon became the face of the club, which he stayed with for 5 years, winning one Finals Series in 2008. His most impressive season was in his last season at the club, a year after he won his first trophy, where he played 29 games and scored 8 times.

At the end of his contract he chose to sign a contract with Melbourne Heart, one of the newer participants of the league. He saw out his contract with Heart, making 82 league appearances and scoring 7 goals over 3 solid seasons.

Upon signing with Heart’s arch-rivals Victory, some fans have been questioning how much time was put into looking at the player, who seems to be reaching the end of his career. Most however, are relieved that there will at least be one new face in their side in time for their opening fixture of the season, which coincidentally is against Melbourne Heart, a match which always brings out the fierce rivalry between the local adversaries, which could be even more exciting to see Thompson playing against his old club in his first game. When he was questioned on the matter, Thompson replied light-heartedly.

‘Well, first of all I would like to thank Casimir for giving me this great chance to play for one of the best teams in the league, a long-term dream of mine. Also, I hope I can help the team to success in the league this season, which is a goal I think we stand a very good chance at completing. My time at Heart was great, and I will bear no grudges, only friendships when we meet at the start of the season, and my aim will be 100% to give my all for my team if I am lucky enough to be selected.’

The manager has praised his new addition, claiming that he will add depth, class and experience into his midfield, and will offer something different from the rest of his squad, citing his versatility and work rate as his best qualities. It should be only a matter of time before we hear more news about transfer dealings coming out of the capital, at which time, you can rely on us to get all the news to you pronto.

I don't follow Australian football.
Your Welcome for the comment!
Love that you signed a guy from your rival. Hopefully he does good.
geez ths will take years at this rate
2013-12-23 18:08#150868 TK69 : I don't follow Australian football.
Your Welcome for the comment!

Thanks. :P

2013-12-23 18:11#150870 BayernAmerica : Love that you signed a guy from your rival. Hopefully he does good.

Yeah, it was quite funny actually, I only found out when researching him for this update. I expect really good things from him! :)

2013-12-24 05:21#150973 LeedsUnitedForLife : geez ths will take years at this rate

Maybe, but I still want to give a detailed account, not just skip through everything just to get it finished.

Tensions heating up in preparations for opening day

With the opening fixtures of the Hyundai A League just days away, the atmosphere around the footballing world down under is a sense of anticipation, to see what this new season will bring to this sport, and how this could be another massive leap forward, in terms of the progression and worldwide recognition of the league, and its clubs. Many fans and critics around the world, regard the Australian and American leagues, as the fastest growing in the whole world, citing increasing popularity in the natives as the main reason for this.

The status of the A- league had been massively boosted by some high profile arrivals into its clubs. The most significant in terms of playing experience is Alessandro Del Piero. The famed former Italian international joined Sydney FC at the start of the 2013/14 season, signing a contract which sees him earn $2 million (£1,223,242) every season, which made him the outstanding highest ever earner in the history of the A-league. Rumours suggest he rejected a move to English club Liverpool in order to move to Sydney. His arrival was greeted with a sense of excitement, and fans saw this as a historic moment in the advancement of the league, as he had not only the highest ever wage for a footballer in Australia, but the highest ever wage for any sportsman or sportswomen in any sport in Australia. This signified how football was quickly becoming one of the nation’s premier sport.

Other big arrivals included the English striker Emilie Heskey, who joined Newcastle Jets, and Shinji Ono who joined Western Sydney Wanderers, a new club, also at the start of the 12/13 season. These arrivals helped build up the hype going into last season, and in the end, it culminated in one of the best endings, in a match between the top 2 teams that season, the Wanderers and the Central Coast Mariners, which the Marines won 2-0.

The start of this season will take place at the Sydney Football Stadium, in a match between Sydney FC and the Newcastle Jets, an encounter which promises lots of high quality football, with extra pressure on both of their marquee strikers, Del Piero and Heskey, to provide some accurate finishing for their respective clubs. The most anticipated match however, will be the local derby between Melbourne Heart and Melbourne Victory.

One of the most infamous and closely-contested games in the calendar, sees the two clubs in the second largest city in the whole country, go head to head. They will meet on the 12th of October, at the AAMI Park, in what should be an extremely tight battle of strength, pace and skill. In times gone by, this fixture has brought a lot of the players, and their most widely-publicized encounters include a dramatic match in the 2012/13 season where Archie Thompson scored with one of the last kicks of the game to win the match for Victory, and a match in 2011/12 which was overshadowed by a horrendous tackle by then Victory captain Kevin Muscat which led to him receiving an 8 match ban, and effectively ended his playing career. However, the most important point in this rivalry came off the pitch, when four Melbourne Heart were accused and charged with conspiring to get a Victory supporter falsely imprisoned. It will be very interesting to see how this latest encounter of these bitter rivals will play out, and you can be sure that you will get all your up-to-date information on all the matches, right here.
Good luck man. A-League looks really competitive.
Good luck in the A-League!
Good luck in the A-League, seems one hell of a challenge this :D
2013-12-24 12:34#151015 BayernAmerica : Good luck man. A-League looks really competitive.

Thanks mate, and yeah, pretty much anyone can finish everywhere! :)

2013-12-24 12:49#151022 Seni : Good luck in the A-League!

Thanks Seni! :)

2013-12-25 09:19#151131 Jack : Good luck in the A-League, seems one hell of a challenge this :D

Thanks mate, and yeah, will definitely take a while. :P
Doing very well Tanay, the A-League is very hard, at least it was for me in FM13 :D

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